A long-awaited report analyzing the male-dominated culture of the U.S. Secret Service has concluded that the elite law enforcement agency does not have a widespread problem with its employees engaging in sexual misconduct while on official business. Read full article >>
When members of Congress travel abroad on comfy military jets to excellent places — Rome, Paris and such — they naturally try to keep the details under wraps. But when they travel to some not-so-pleasant, even dangerous, places — such as Libya — they are usually much less reticent. (Although the info usually becomes available only after they leave such countries.) Read full article >>
Congress passed a broad set of changes to U.S. military personnel policy late Thursday, forcing the Pentagon to revamp how it deals with cases of sexual assault and rape in the ranks. The changes would be a victory for the estimated tens of thousands of troops who have been sexually abused in recent years, as well as a triumph for the growing number of women serving in Congress, who pushed for reform. Read full article >>
The Obama administration on Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage. Read full article >>
Senate leaders reached a deal late Thursday to confirm three more of President Obama's nominees to top government positions, but delayed a vote until January to confirm the next chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Read full article >>
Hours before a Senate vote to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security, irate Republican senators began quoting a new, previously undisclosed internal audit critical of the visa program he has managed for more than four years. Read full article >>
A proposed compromise toward ending Saturday U.S. mail delivery is falling flat with unions while getting the support of a Senate committee chairman leading a push to advance stalled postal legislation. Read full article >>
Few could have predicted that the story lines of the hit A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” and the 2016 presidential contest would converge. But that unexpected mash-up played out Thursday as conservative politicians rushed to defend Phil Robertson, the shaggy-bearded, homespun star of the breakout series, who was suspended by the cable network after his published comments about gays stirred a storm of controversy. Read full article >>
HOMELAND SECURITY Deportations dropped by 10 percent in 2013 The Obama administration deported about 369,000 undocumented immigrants during fiscal year 2013, a 10 percent drop from last year, when a record 410,000 were removed from the country, according to new statistics from the Department of Homeland Security. Read full article >>
For the Federal Protective Service, 2013 is ending much the way 2012 did — with another critical report about the agency’s oversight of contract guards who protect federal facilities. The Government Accountability Office has issued 26 recommendations to the FPS since 2010, some of them repeated in the latest report, released at a Senate hearing Tuesday. Read full article >>
Millions facing the cancellation of health insurance policies will be exempt from penalties if they go without next year, the White House said.
The $625.1 billion Pentagon policy bill, which passed 84 to 15, is one of the few accomplishments of this Congress.
The move by the former Massachusetts senator comes as speculation intensifies that he will run for the Senate from New Hampshire.
The reasoning behind the decisions the S.E.C. made in sifting through the wreckage of the crisis and the contentious way they divided camps illuminates how difficult choices are made inside the regulator.
Prosecutors requested the evaluation of the prisoner, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who has repeatedly disrupted pretrial proceedings in recent days.
Some are sticking around both to help the president regain his standing and to avoid perceptions that aides are either escaping or being forced out.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has opened a small, but potentially important, hole in a key requirement of the new healthcare law, letting some people who have had insurance policies cancelled avoid the requirement to buy coverage next year.
WASHINGTON -- Senators reached a late-night deal Thursday to confirm a trio of nominations while setting up a final vote in January to install Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, putting aside a bitter dispute so that lawmakers can leave Washington on time for Christmas recess.
WASHINGTON -- Fewer than 500,000 people who received health insurance cancellation notices have not yet signed up for new coverage, Obama administration officials said Thursday.
One of the marquee races of the coming political year is the GOP primary fight between Liz Cheney and Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, which is rapidly becoming less a political contest than a kind of sagebrush soap opera, "As the Cowboy State Turns."
The suspension of A&E "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson this week, for comments he made condemning homosexuality in a new GQ magazine profile, has managed to open another breach in the long-simmering American culture wars.
WASHINGTON -- The number of immigrants deported from the country decreased this year for the first time since President Obama came into office, according to figures released Thursday.
Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz among those defending Phil Robertson.
Hillary Rodham Clinton tells Barbara Walters she'll decide next year about a presidential race.
Netflix releases first trailer for "Mitt," a documentary about 2012 GOP presidential nominee.
Pro-gun lobby endorses Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, over congressman who is gun supporter.
Haley receives honorary black belt after breaking board with karate chop.
A recount showed Democrat Mark Herring expanding his lead over Mark Obenshain.
The snow sandwich that has forced Chicagoans to lean into their shovel handles and idle in slushy traffic jams with annoying frequency in recent weeks also has dug into the city’s winter street plowing budget.
Two decades after proposing that state elected officials be limited to eight years in office, Gov. Pat Quinn says he still supports term limits but won’t pledge to make his next term his last should he win re-election next year.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is shifting the job of vetting who is eligible to receive state health care coverage for the poor from an outside company to state employees, a move Republicans criticized Tuesday as a “backroom deal” that will undermine efforts to root out fraud and abuse.
Gov. Pat Quinn will not be making his annual holiday trip to Germany to visit injured veterans this year, instead opting to visit troops closer to home.
If Chicago-area voters think they've seen a lot of Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on television lately, there's a reason: He's spent nearly $1.5 million on ads that began in mid-November and will wrap up before Christmas.
Gov. Pat Quinn dropped his appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court over his failed attempt to withhold legislators' paychecks until they sent him a bill to overhaul the state's public employee pension system, clearing the way to collect nearly $74,000 in back pay he refused to take during the stalemate.
Assembly Speake Sheldon Silver called on the state schools commissioner to slam the brakes on a plan to share student data including test scores with a private company.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio may be inheriting a city in better financial shape than he had expected. New York will end the current fiscal year with a surplus of $2.4 billion — “$581 million more than projected by the Bloomberg administration,” according to a new fiscal forecast from the city Independent Budget Office released Thursday. The budget office also projects a surplus of $1.9 billion for fiscal year 2015.
Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have allowed the sale of sparklers outside of New York City in the lead up to the Independence Day and New Year’s holidays. In his veto message, Cuomo said individual counties should be allowed to decide for themselves whether to allow the sale of novelty fireworks. Mayor Bloomberg had urged Cuomo to veto the bill, citing the fire hazards posed by sparklers brought into the city and the possibility that terrorists could use them as ingredients for bombs.
Americans whose health insurance policies are being canceled because they don’t comply with Obamacare requirements will be exempt for a year from the law’s mandate that they carry insurance, under a policy change the Obama administration made Thursday night.
After more than 40 years serving in Congress, Rep. Charles Rangel wants at least two more. “I feel so good it scares the hell out of me,” Rangel (D-Harlem) said as he announced his candidacy Thursday.
Congress is sending President Obama a defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military.
State election board says law allows running mates to seek contributionsA government watchdog group called on two gubernatorial campaigns to voluntarily forgo fundraising during the upcoming General Assembly session to comply with the spirit of Maryland ethics laws.
State lawmakers will have to address a combined budget gap of $580 million over the next 18 months when they reconvene in January.
A judge has denied Del. Donald Dwyer's request to shorten his 60-day jail sentence in drunken driving and drunken boating cases, the delegate's lawyer said.
Auction planned on nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic OceanFederal officials announced plans Tuesday to auction the rights to build industrial wind turbines off Maryland's Atlantic coast — a move hailed by many environmentalists and some businesses as the first step toward a new green industry but criticized as a drain on household budgets by the state's lone Republican congressman.
Mayor also holds position as secretary of the Democratic National Committee Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will host supporters of the Democratic National Committee at a Baltimore Ravens viewing party tonight.
Democrats sharpen criticism of Maryland health exchange as questions linger about whether it will work The state has resolved the nine "major issues" preventing its glitch-ridden health exchange from working, officials said Saturday, a milestone Gov. Martin O'Malley has framed as key to boosting the low enrollment in insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.
All 12 Brazilian cities hosting World Cup games have their claims to fame. Here are three that, for one reason or another, particularly caught our eye:
The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing passage of a comprehensive defense bill that now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.
For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They have functioned separately — with different experts and private and public hearings — but with almost the same mandate.
With control of the Senate at stake in next year's elections, President Barack Obama's decision to name retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China sets off a chain reaction that could give the White House and Democrats an edge in preventing Republicans from gaining a Senate majority.
TALLAHASSEE -- Spaghetti monsters are one thing. But apparently paying homage to Beelzebub himself is over the line in the Florida Capitol.
Amid a recent thumbs-up from high-tech investment experts in Orlando, a local Internet-based medical software firm is setting its sights on raising $5 million in first-round venture capital. officials said this week.
TALLAHASSEE -- State Rep. Linda Stewart has filed a bill to create a state domestic partnership registry that would afford unmarried, cohabiting couples the ability to visit each other in hospitals, make joint education decisions for children and other benefits.
A newly-former political action committee in Orange County wants to make sure that all big venue projects paid for with local tourist taxes go to voters first for approval.
TALLAHASSEE -- In new court filings, House and Senate Republican leaders are conceding they deleted records related to the 2012 re-drawing of congressional and legislative maps.
California Reps. Ami Bera and Raul Ruiz are precisely the kind of Democrats whose government offices Republicans would like to shut down next year.
Before his 2009 inauguration, newly elected President Barack Obama made a public pledge not to accept money for the celebration from representatives of foreign interests.
At this early stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, its Hillarys world, and everyone else just lives in it.Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has surged to a new high, and he is the overwhelming early favorite to win re-election next year, according to a new Field Poll.Gov. Jerry Brown
Ohio has long been a crucial state in presidential elections, and at the moment, Hillary Clinton looks like a big winner over most Republicans if she seeks the White House in 2016, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. But then there's Chris Christie.Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
The bill backed by Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg would allow the maximum highway speed limit in Florida to rise to 75 mph, if engineers say the road was safe enough.
Sentencing Commission Says Existing Law Unfairly Affects Minorities In Urban AreasHARTFORD — A commission examining the state's criminal justice policies recommended Thursday that lawmakers sharply curtail drug-free zones around schools.
International banking giant JPMorgan Chase mailed flawed debit cards to 4,000 Connecticut tax refund and unemployment compensation customers who already were subject to a wider computer data breach involving the cards, a state official said.
Top Economic And Development Official Joined Business Leaders On Four-Day Trade Mission Get Business Mobile Text AlertsHARTFORD – The state's top economic development official joined business leaders on a trade mission to Israel last week in an effort to bolster Connecticut's global profile.
Transportation Chief Defends Commuter Railroad In Wake Of Wrecks, Fiascoes Get Business Mobile Text AlertsAngered by the recent chain of wrecks and service fiascoes involving Metro-North trains, several lawmakers declared Wednesday that the state should renegotiate its long-term contract with the railroad or look for someone else to operate the heavily traveled New Haven line.
The Newtown police chief has decided not to recommend the firing of an officer who has been out of work with post-traumatic stress disorder since responding to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Lawmaker: 'My concern is that you have the technology available to prevent this, but it wasn't on the trains.'On the eve of a state hearing into what's gone wrong at crash-plagued Metro-North, the railroad reported to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday that it's rapidly upgrading tracks and better enforcing safety rules.